WASHINGTON - Responding to today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will reinstate the role of agency scientists in determining new national air quality standards, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said:
“The Air Quality Division of the EPA has some of the best and brightest employees who share my commitment to scientific integrity and cleaning up our nation’s air. It is just common sense to let these scientists again play key role in shaping our nation’s air quality standards.
“As we learn more about the links between dirty air and bad health, it is crucial our nation’s air quality standards are based on the very best science available so that we know our government is doing everything it can to better protect public health.
“This EPA announcement also signals that air quality standards will be reviewed in a timely and transparent manner, allowing all stakeholders and the public to have input before we move forward on major clean air policy changes."